Vietnam: Major Tourist Destinations

A world where history is compelling and hues are vibrant; Vietnam is a charming destination for tourists from all corners of the world. It’s utterly beautiful, astonishingly mysterious, and home to a wealth of compelling destinations.

This strikingly beautiful country is a result of years of internal combustion and turmoil, and agile transformation. Since the appalling savagery and slaughter induced by the American War, Vietnam, as a resilient nation, has come back to life and is jaunty in hope. And it wouldn’t be wrong to address the resolute nation as a phoenix risen from the ashes.

Vietnam is full of unexpected, unforgettable experiences. Anyone visiting the country for the first time would be overwhelmed by the sensory overdose varied geography, delectable cuisine, bountiful shopping sites and never-ending beaches.

Let’s delve a little further into Vietnam’s confines and see what the world is gaga about. Take a look at some of the best tourist attractions in Vietnam:

1. Hanoi: Hanoi is a rapidly growing city which has served as Vietnam’s capital for over a thousand years. Trips and tours to Vietnam often begin this beautiful Indochinese colonial city. Hanoi is a proud city which boasts of pagodas, lakes, dynastic temples, heritage monuments and French-era villas. It has, however, remained true to its elemental personality despite the tide of change.

2. Ha Long Bay: For many tourists, a trip to Vietnam is incomplete without Ha Long Bay, which represents a pinnacle of their Vietnam experience. Contrary to Hanoi, this is the perfect countermeasure to contemporary ebullience which Hanoi provides and renders the visitors with numerous opportunities for leisure and recreation in its chartreuse waters.

3. Cat Ba Island: Cat Ba Island is a mountainous getaway nestled on the periphery of Ha Long Bay. Defining Ha Long Bay’s southwestern limits, the island expands over 350 square kilometers and is one of the best destinations in Vietnam.

4. Ho Chi Minh: Along with Hanoi, this city provides a dizzying introduction to Vietnam. Set beside the Saigon River, Ho Chi Minh is the largest city in Vietnam and perhaps, the most exciting too. A high-octane city of culture and commerce, the city is buzzing with energy and breathes life into each and everyone who chooses to traverse through its soil.

What to do in Vietnam?

All the major tourist destinations in Vietnam offer a number of short tours and activities. Apart from that, you could choose:

  • Underwater diving in Phu Quoc Island and Nha Trang
  • Kitesurfing in Mui Ne
  • Trek around Sapa
  • Enjoy food walks and cooking courses in Hanoi, Hoi An and Saigon
  • Visit historic sites and ruins at Nha Trang, Mui Ne, Phan Rang Thap Chan and My Son

 

How to Make a Wonderful Stay in The Mother Nature Paradise

Bhutan is the ultimate tourist attraction where the trekkers, hikers, art lovers, geology buffs, extreme sports aficionados, etc visit to find their respective happiness. The country is well-known for its serene environment, tranquil valleys, daunting mountain ranges, and peaceful monasteries. The people here believe in absolute peace and are very calm. The tourists are heartily welcomed in this country not because it is one of the main sources of income but the rich historic culture of the people depicts so.

Exotic locations in Bhutan

Tourists from all over the world visit this country to witness the art of geography done by Mother Nature in the form of endless valleys and mountains. The rivers and canals meandering through the valleys like the dusty roads on the hillside offer great panoramic views that a visitor will never forget for the rest of his or her life.

A Travel to Bhutan will surely take the breath away from the first timers and they will indulge in returning to this country for sure whenever they will get the chance. From awestruck scenery to formidable trekking tracks, It is the all-in-one package for all types of tourists and adventure seekers.

The friendly tourist guides will take you to the best places to visit including the mesmerizing monasteries, local eateries, treks, cycling, rock climbing, and all other attractions where you can find your interest. The important spots that are included in a tour package are:

  • Thimphu
  • Punakha
  • Phuentsholling
  • Paro
  • Paro Taktsang
  • Jakar Mongar
  • Jomolhari
  • Samdrup Jongkhar
  • Lhuntse Trashigang
  • Trashiyangtse
  • Tashichho Dzong
  • Haa Valley
  • Rinpung Dzong
  • Gangteng Monastery

The best part of the trip to this country is that there is no specific time for a visit. The climate is very pleasant during the summer and the travel experts recommend visiting this country during September to the end of November. The winter season is quite chilly but the snow-clad mountains will be an unforgettable memory. The high altitude of the country, due to its presence in the lap of the highest mountain ranges in the world, The Himalayas, make it one of the best destinations to enjoy the scenic beauties of the mountains and forests.

Amidst peace and nature

A Travel will be the ultimate experience that will offer few days of serenity away from the hustles of the concrete jungle. The cool breeze and the chanting in the monasteries will bring back the lost peace of your mind. Breaking the monotony and taking refuge in the abode on the mountains will be a dream holiday for the peace seekers.

The country is considered as the best place for a great retreat that rejuvenates the mind, body, and soul of an individual. The local gourmets are considered as the best in the north-eastern Indian cuisines. The natural food, good people, relishing food, and unforgettable mountain tracks amidst forest and scantily populated habitations will present you the memories that will be cherished for the rest of the life.

 

Ream National Park – Sihanoukville, Cambodia

Ream National Park is one of 7 National parks in Cambodia & was established in 1993. The park has very little development, offering guests a truly relaxing & beautiful time. The park has a combination of rivers, forests, mangroves, estuaries, beaches, coral reefs, wildlife, and marine life. The entrance into Ream Park is $0.25 – $0.50 cents, but there are other areas of the park that charge additional fees. If wanting to visit Prince Island, the price was $5.00 as of March 2017.

There is currently two guest houses, which operate inside & right outside the park. There are a few places to grab a bite to eat or pick up snacks near the airport & naval base. There is only one resort inside the park, which offers a restaurant & bar, but future resorts are being developed. Limited snacks & drinks can be purchased from various beach shacks within the park. There are park rangers, which provide tours & other activities for various fees.

Back Roads To Ream

Feeling the itch to explore, I had to scratch it & decided on Ream National Park. With little experience riding motorbikes, this would definitely be the longest solo ride. After some quick research on Google Maps, I realized I could take back roads the entire way to Ream!! Even back home in the U.S., I would always take back roads & enjoy the scenic route.

The day before the planned excursion, I rented the motorbike, purchased some cool looking sun glasses, & didn’t consume too much alcohol. I wanted to get an early start, didn’t want a hangover, & didn’t want to be tired. The next day, I woke up at 5:00AM & was riding to Ream National Park around 5:30AM. It was a nice morning, didn’t feel like the normal oven like temperatures, & barely anyone was on the road.

Otres Beach was the furthest I’ve rode solo, & upon passing Otres, that itch started to be scratched! After passing a small beach town outside Otres, I was greeted by some local cows & knew it was going to be a good ride. After leaving the beach town, & riding another 5 minutes, the paved road turned into a red dirt road. The ride was great, the scenery was beautiful, & the waving locals was nice.

Riding into the hills, passing through small towns, & riding along the beach was great! Seeing the sun rise over Ream National Park was epic! My mind wondering, my hand waving, & not having a care in the world, I passed one of my exits. I was hoping to take back roads the entire way to Ream Park, but wasn’t paying attention & missed one of the side roads.

I could have turned around, but decided to continue with my journey & ride on dreaded highway 4! Having rode most of the way using back roads to Ream Park, this highway portion was very short. I only had to worry about getting crushed by a bus for 5 minutes, before seeing the exit for Ream National Park.

Ream National Park

The entrance into Ream does not seem like much, but the further you ride the more green you start to see. After entering the park, it became clear I should have done some research because I had no clue where to go inside the park. I followed the gravel road, which eventually led me to a choice “Straight Or Right”. I decided to turn right, which led me to another gate & $5 fee.

I later found out this was a separate portion of the park, which led to Prince Island. Make sure to keep the receipt or you won’t be able to enter Prince Island. Like I wrote earlier, it probably would have been wise to do some research. Luckily, I stumbled upon the gate to Prince Island & decided to ride down. There was another gate, but I did not see anyone & rode under it.

After slightly lowering my head to ride under the gate, I was yelled at & told to stop. This man crept out from the bushed & began asking for paper. I had no clue what the man was referring too & simply handed over the receipt out of desperation. With a grin, nod, & point towards the beach, the man at the gate walked into the bushes, laid down into his hammock, & kept my receipt. Guess that was my admission into Prince Island.

Prince Island & Road To Nowhere

Having found this location accidentally, & not knowing it was even here, I was very surprised. The beach was clean, the views were beautiful, & the Island was a wonderful surprise. If wanting a coconut or snacks, there was a small food stall, which offered coconuts, drinks, & snacks. There was areas to sit, & security parking for your bike. Before embarking to the island, I relaxed on a bunch, tried my first coconut, & took in the views.

The pier was pretty long in length, circled the entire island, & provided a large sitting area. If wanting to take a small risk, visitors can walk out to a ledge above the crashing waves. This was definitely nice, & totally worth $5. The views from the island are breath taking, & if you arrive early in the morning, you will have the island to yourself. I highly suggest checking out Prince Island if visiting Ream National Park.

When it was time to leave, I wanted to find the route, which I originally wanted to take the entire way to Ream National Park. Taking this route would completely remove the highway portion & much more scenic. I rode along the airport & found the road, which should have been the road. After riding down the dirt road for a small distance, I was stopped by water & one angry construction worker.

Hot, sweating, gas running low, & pretty confident my way was blocked, I should have given up & took the highway. Not one for easy defeat, I headed further down the main road & found one last turn off. I turned right, followed the beach, & encountered one old looking bridge. I was not 100% certain the bridge would support the bike, but before thinking too much, I continued forward & thought positively.

Upon reaching the other side of the bridge, I let out a sigh of relief & continued down the dirt road. As the road turned muddy, then turned into a walking path, & jungle surrounded me, I pushed forward & questioned my decision making skills. What I knew deep down all along, this would not be my road home. I was a stones throw away from my correct path, but blocked by a small waterway. I let out a sigh, took a piss, cursed myself, & headed home.

My name is Phillip Whitehair, I quit my job in 2016 & started traveling around the world. I’ve been lucky enough to travel all over Asia! I was lucky enough to check out Ream National Park in Cambodia, which still is one of my highlights in Asia.

I support myself online & want to inspire others to hit the road & travel. Anyone can hit the open road & experience life, you just need to make it happen. That road you travel could be the road leading into Ream National Park!

Why Every Family Should Visit to China in Their Lifetime

You may be too excited to go to China or maybe you like the idea of shopping. Want to make a long trip, but you are not sure that China is the place for you. Here are some reasons you will soon leave for China.

Listen often talk about China in the news. China is everywhere. But if you want to understand a little ‘more this state that has the fifth population in the world, you have to go to China and start to see why all the love.

I like to travel, I have children, but I realize that traveling with them is difficult, as the hours of sleep are less and less, you always need diapers and the list goes on. But I love traveling with children, through their eyes I love to see the world and I love to go to places where I know they are welcome.

If you also have the same story or you are planning a family trip to Great Wall hiking in China then you must read this.

China is a place where children are welcome and it is on a par with Italy and Greece. No one will bother you if your child tantrums or buzz in the hotel or when you’re at dinner. Why China should be on your hit list, here are some reasons.

Food

Forget what they say about Chinese food. You can also take a culinary tour to really get to the kitchen. The Chinese cuisine is varied and suffers its landscapes that change constantly. The Shanghai cuisine is sweeter, while that of China is spicy.

Culture

China has 5.000 years of history that will surprise you, amaze you and you will love the most. An example of the great Chinese culture is the Wilder Great Wall Hiking Tours, a colossal operation for which it is worth thousands of kilometers to visit it.

Landscapes:

China has magical landscapes. It is no coincidence that James Cameron has decided to shoot in the park Hunan some of the scenes of Avatar. Why the different regions of China have a wealth of beautiful and fascinating landscapes: forests, sparkling lakes, roaring waterfalls and snowy peaks in the nature reserve of Jiuzhaigou, Karst Limestone Mountains in Guilin area, high plains that pass through Tibet, to name a pair.

Architecture

Because, with some of the buildings and monuments most recognizable in the world, from the ancient Forbidden City to the modern skyscrapers of Shanghai and Pudong, a trip to China is mandatory for anyone interested in the city and rural architecture.

Ethnic groups.

Because in some of the most rural parts of the country, there is a large number of ethnic minorities. Many of the same tribes that are found in Laos, Cambodia and Thailand, have also been established in Yunnan Province and also in Guizhou and Guangxi. Many still wear their traditional dress and then a visit to these regions is to be considered a multi-colored trip!

The cities

Because China is rich in huge cities, probably the three most famous are Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing. All three are excellent destinations to observe the commotion around them although, of course, some of the best cities for shopping and dining.

Zhen Lei is a travel lover and a former writer. I like to write about various destinations in world & especially I love to visit Great Wall of China. This article is about Great wall hiking tour.

 

Exploring Poland and Belgium

My trip to Poland was by far the best trip I have ever been on. I knew when studying abroad one of the first trips I wanted to plan was to Poland. After finding that I still have family residing there, I knew I had to experience my family’s life for my self.

My roommate at the time and I initially flew into Krakow, Poland. We we were then picked up from my distant cousin and drove a few miles to his him where he showed me his town and the house I would be staying in for a few nights. It was everything I ever imagined it to be and more. We we were treated like royalty, exactly how my grandparents treat me when I visit their homes. The next two days were filled with site seeing the popular Salt Mines and touring throughout Krakow.

A few days later we caught a bus to Zakopane, Poland. Here I stayed with more distant cousins from my dad’s side of the family. My experience in Zakopane was surreal. I got to see my dad’s house and where he lived and went to school. I got the chance to sit at the dinner table with family and feast on amazing home cooked meals. Before I headed back to the airport we took some time to hike and find one of the most beautiful natural lakes buried into the mountains. It was an amazing end to my trip in Poland. I only hope to visit there again soon.

To begin with, our flight to Brussels was not ideal for a group of inexperienced travelers. We flew from Bucharest, Romania with an early flight departing around 6:30 AM. So in case you’re wondering, we were required to be awake and ready to leave our hostile around 3 AM, then find our bus, which was hopefully arriving on time, to reach the airport. You could only imagine some of the emotions and attitudes existing among my friends. But for me, I was optimistic, looking forward to the Belgian waffles, French fries, and of course, beer!

We arrived to the airport on time for a generally quick flight into Brussels airport. The only problem now was to find transportation into the city center so we can get to the fun stuff I have already mentioned. Can you tell how well we planned this trip? Fortunately, everything worked out to our favor. We ended up finding a cheap bus ticket that transferred us to lockers where we stored our carry-ons from the flight. First thing we walked through was an interesting flea market outside a train station. Just a quick walk from there we reached Grand Place, the heart of Brussels city center. The building and monuments were amazing to see. After taking some pictures of the sights there, it was time for the famous Belgian waffle. Belgian waffles shops are at every corner of Grand Place. Mine was filled with brown sugar and Nutella. The city is also filled with Belgian style beer bars, chocolate shops, and French fry shops. I did not know French fries were so popular in Brussels, but they are served in a paper cone with your choice of over 20 different sauces. We wandered the streets, enjoyed our time at a Christmas festival, and marveled at the beautiful buildings.